School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems
The School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems undertakes teaching and research activities across the engineering disciplines of electrical, mechanical and mechanical and mechatronic engineering.
The school is led by its Head of School, Professor Jianguo Zhu.
The School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems staff listing provides details of all the school's members.
Teaching and learning
Many staff of the school have an international reputation and profile from their research activities, and undertake teaching from bachelor to doctoral level.
Teaching and learning occurs across three discipline areas:
Students study the fundamentals of electrical engineering, including electromagnetics, electrical circuits, electronics, electrical machines, microprocessors, data acquisition and distribution, signal processing, and control theory and systems. Students learn how to design, construct and test electrical/electronic devices and systems, such as electrical machines, biomedical instruments, electrical drive systems, power generation and transmission systems, and renewable energy (e.g. wind and solar) systems, etc. Opportunities are provided for students to practice their knowledge and methodology through hands-on projects and final year theses.
Where students will learn to design, build and maintain anything that moves – from engines and other parts which move planes, trains and automobiles to heavy industrial machinery, biomedical devices, space vehicles, wind turbines and other power generation equipment. They study dynamics (the science of moving things) and learn to calculate and control the movement and interaction of solid objects, fluids, heat and power. Students also apply their learning in hands-on projects, which will help them build the confidence and ingenuity to push the boundaries of machine-based technology.
Mechanical & mechatronic engineering
Which is a combination of mechanical, electronics, computer systems and software engineering. Students learn to design and build not only mechanical systems, but also their controllers, software and hardware, electronic processes and the networks which drive and control the mechanical systems to optimise their performance. They will study dynamics (the science of moving things) and learn to calculate and control the movement and interaction of solid objects, fluids, heat and electricity. Students also study electronics and computer engineering subjects to enable them to design, build and manage automated and autonomous mechanical systems as a complete whole, with an emphasis on robots, micro machines, automatic and intelligent control systems and biomedical devices.
Members of the school teach courses in:
The school's strong performance in research is evidenced by its ongoing ability to secure competitive grant funding, and its impressive publication and conference attendance record.
Centres and strengths
The school's research and teaching are informed through its organisational alignment and collaboration with the:
- ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems
- Centre for Health Technologies (CHT)
- Centre for Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (CIMS)
- Institute for Nanoscale Technology
- Centre for Electrical Machines and Power Electronics (CEMPE)
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